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Abba’s House offers new Musical Theatre Camp for kids

Abba’s House is bringing a bit of magic to the community this summer with its new Musical Theatre Camps for kids.

Though the church has brought high-quality productions to its stage for years, these camps are a new addition to its repertoire. Two separate camps will be offered, said camp director Gayla Austin; one for elementary school students and one for middle and high school students.

After a fierce week of rehearsals and preparation July 21-25, the elementary camp will present Disney’s “Cinderella Kids.” The middle and high school camp will have two weeks of rehearsal July 21-Aug. 1 before its production of “Aladdin Jr.,” currently a Broadway hit.

Campers will bring the beloved characters to life as well as work with some of the technical aspects of the productions, Austin said.

“It doesn’t matter where their skill level is, we’re going to meet them there,” said Executive Pastor of Worship Ken Hartley.

“This gives them the opportunity to actually become part of a production,” added Austin. “We’ve also designed the camp to give them options.”

Campers can come for half or whole days, depending on their and their parents’ schedule, she said.

Beyond his role as Abba’s House worship pastor, Hartley is a professional illusionist and experienced actor. With his help, the shows will incorporate a little bit of magic, fitting with the Disney storylines, he said. Austin also has an extensive background in performance arts, with a master’s in music and a bachelor’s in piano.

“The production quality is going to be high,” said Hartley. “Gayla has easily directed over 20 productions and I’ve done that many or more as well.”

The auditions, which begin June 17, are open to the entire community, said Hartley. Kids don’t have to audition to participate in the camp, added Austin. To find out more and register, visit abbashouse.com/musiccamp.